Vacation meant missing John Fontana's take on the IBM Workplace announcement...

IBM last week made a brash move onto the desktop with the introduction of middleware designed to give corporations alternatives to Microsoft. It also provides the flexibility to run component-based software without sacrificing the sophistication or power of a fat client running natively on a client PC. ..."IBM has taken a set of technologies and turned it into a bold initiative - challenge Microsoft on the desktop," says David Marshak, an analyst with the Patricia Seybold Group. "The Workplace client is desktop middleware, it's a re-architecting of the desktop and part of a major play."
Link: Network World: IBM software targets desktop, devices >

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